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Meet the finalists: the most innovative companies in Science and Technology

Meet the finalists: the most innovative companies in Science and Technology
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October 18, 2005 This week the World Technology Network (WTN) announced the top individuals deemed the most innovative in the world of science and technology. Voted by their peers in 20 categories, such as biotechnology, ethics, entertainment and space, the top five individuals in each category have been named WTN Fellows. The WTN is a global meeting ground, a virtual think tank, and an elite club whose members are all focused on the business and science of bringing important emerging technologies of all types (from biotechnology to new materials, from IT to new energy sources) into reality. Read on for the list (with hyperlinks for easy browsing) of the best and brightest as voted by their peers.

The World Technology Awards honors individuals and corporations from 20 technology-related sectors viewed by their peers as being the most innovative and whose work has the greatest likelihood of long-term significance. Each year, one Corporate Member is eligible to be selected as the winner of their category, and will be announced at the World Technology Awards Gala dinner on November 15th, 2005, at San Francisco City Hall in San Francisco, California. The World Technology Awards is held in association with TIME magazine, CNN, and Science magazine among others. The Gala will conclude the two-day World Technology Summit.

Nominees for the 2005 World Technology Awards are identified based on an intensive, global process over a period of many months. Nominating members are primarily elected WTN Corporate Members from previous awards cycles, number more than 800, and are spread out over 60 countries.

"WTN Corporate Members are recognized for their breakthroughs in technology across multiple disciplines from finance to marketing to government the best of the best are recognizing their own each year," said James P. Clark, founder and chairman of the World Technology Network. "Our corporate members understand how competitive it is to be in this elite group that's why it's so special."

Here is a complete list of this year's WTN Corporate Members:

Biotechnology: Amyris Biotechnologies, CapitalBio Corporation,Controlled Pharming Ventures LLC,Medarex, Suntory Ltd

Communications Technology: CANARIE, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Intel (Photonics Tech. Lab), KDDI, Wikimedia Foundation Inc.

Energy: First Solar, , Front Edge Technology, H2Gen Innovations, Nanosolar Inc, Reykjavik Energy, XsunX, Inc.

Environment: CAB International, CH2M Hill, City of Seoul South Korea, Forever Wild Seeds, Iraq Foundation, Lubilosa

Finance: Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, Menlo Ventures, Warburg Pincus, Zopa

Health and Medicine: Chimerix Inc, Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, Hitachi High Technologies,Medtronic,

National Institute For Biological Standards & Control/UK Stem Cell Bank

IT Hardware: Apple Computer, Atheros Communications, CSR plc, Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), Sun Microsystems, University of Tsukuba/ Cyberdyne Inc.

Virtutech, Inc.

IT Software:,Apple Computer, Evolution Robotics, IBM,Iteris, Inc.

Materials/Nanotech: E Ink Corporation, Liquidia Technologies, MagForce Nanotechnologies Gmbh, Molecular Imprints,Nanopoint, Nanosys

Space: "Deep Impact" Mission/NASA,"Mars Explorer" Rover Team/NASA,

Cassini-Huygens Mission (NASA/ESA/ASI), Mars Society,Scaled Composites, LLC

For more information on the World Technology Network, World Technology Awards and World Technology Summit, visit the web site.

About World Technology Network

The World Technology Network is a New York-headquartered organization that was created to "encourage serendipity" happy accidents amongst those individuals and companies deemed by their peers to be the most innovative in the science and technology world. The WTN's areas of interest range from IT and communications to biotech, energy, materials, space, as well as related fields such as finance, marketing, policy, law, design, and ethics. Each year, WTN members are brought together through an ongoing global series of regional roundtables, global Summits, and other events. In 2004, the WTN also convened the World Energy Technologies Summit at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The WTN also publishes "WTN Update," a monthly collection of news items covering the innovative work of the WTN membership. The central events in the WTN calendar include the annual World Technology Summit and World Technology Awards the culmination of a global judging program through which new members are nominated and selected and by which the network grows and is refreshed.

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